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Rally set in Lackawanna to support Councilman-elect Albanna

A rally in support of First Ward Councilman-elect Mohamed Albanna is scheduled at 2 p.m. Friday in front of Lackawanna City Hall.

Albanna was elected Nov. 7 to fill the council seat, but Lackawanna Mayor Geoffrey Szymanski is attempting to block him from taking office because Albanna was convicted of a felony 11 years ago.

"The purpose of the rally is to exercise our constitutional right to freedom of assembly and petition our elected officials who have chosen to waste tax payer dollars on frivolous claims," said Amira Muflahi, a rally organizer.

Szymanski's lawsuit is expected to be argued Dec. 21 before State Supreme Court Justice Tracey A. Bannister.  At  issue is a City Charter provision that prohibits anyone convicted of a crime of "moral turpitude" from assuming public office. Albanna was convicted of illegally sending $5.5 million to Yemen, his native country.


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